Stored product pest insects are a common concern in the Food Processing Industry within all facilities that incorporate and/or produce a dried ingredient or product. These insects in general are of little consequence with respect to food safety as they typically are not associated with pathogenic bacteria transmission. However when it comes to ensuring product integrity, customer satisfaction and protecting brand image their presence must not be ignored. Stored product pest insects have high reproductive rates (majority produce hundreds of eggs in a their short lifetime), great mobility and dispersal capabilities, and use pheromones for communication, allowing them to take advantage of their environment and thrive. These same qualities make exposed food products and ingredients extremely vulnerable to infestation and contamination.
Some of the most prevalent stored product pest insects include Red and Confused flour beetles, Saw-toothed and Merchant grain beetles, Warehouse beetles, and Indian meal and Mediterranean flour moths. Each insect species has its own food preferences but in general they will infest items such as flour, spices, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, cocoa powder, powdered milk, dried pet foods, and cereal. Knowing the specific biology and food preferences of these common species is an important first step in preventing infestations from developing. This knowledge is also critical when trying to eliminate known infestation within the facility.
There are multiple factors that need to be considered and strategies that need to be implemented to manage and minimize the potential impact of stored product pest insects. Working in conjunction with a quality pest control provider the following key actions must be performed:
Depending on the stored product pest involved, pheromone traps can be implemented within the facility to help identify hot spots for infestation. Pheromone traps for Warehouse beetles, Indian meal moths, and Mediterranean flour moths are highly effective in attracting these insects. Evenly spacing the pheromone traps at 40 foot intervals on a grid system layout will provide unbiased data capture that can be spatially analyzed to identify infestation hot zones within the facility. Trending the data in this manner not only helps to focus and improve existing cleaning practices but also allows for the identification of chronic problem areas within the facility over time.
Ultimately it may be impossible for some Food Processors to completely eliminate the presence of stored product pests within their facilities. The implementation of these control strategies greatly minimizes the potential for product adulteration through insect infestation, providing a quality food product to the consumer.
You probably already know that most people are repulsed by the simple sight of cockroaches. If you are personally dealing with a cockroach infestation, the feelings of disgust are probably even more intense. Unfortunately, the cold winter weather tends to be one of the reasons this pest ends up in your home in the first place, according to Any Pest. While you may know that you don't want to share your home with cockroaches this winter, there are a number of interesting facts about this pest that you've probably never heard.
Because of the high amount of traffic and the versatility of the facilities, pests are naturally attracted to long-term care institutions. Many nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and other care facilities include on-site kitchens and cafeterias as well as private rooms and common spaces. All of these places are susceptible to attracting pests because of the presence of food, water and viable habitats.
During the summer months, some people love to go camping with family and friends. Yet this fun trip can be ruined with a few unwanted visitors, most notably different types of bugs. Crawling spiders, hungry mosquitoes and buzzing flies can become annoying quickly. How can you avoid these pests when you're outdoors? Consider these tips to keep bugs out of your campsite.
Carpenter ants can chew through the strongest studs and stringers in a house as they hollow the wooden beams out for nesting. The resulting damage can weaken the home's structural support and require expensive repairs. Professional pest control workers can remove a colony of ants, but the best practice for homeowners is to learn the best ways to keep out an ant colony and prevent the problem before it begins.
As the weather cools, you'll probably see fewer pests than you did during the warmer months, but that doesn't mean they're all gone just yet. Some insects can actually come out in full force during the autumn, while others might seek refuge in your warm home. Here are some key tips to keep in mind as fall gets underway:
As the middle of summer approaches, you need to be vigilant about keeping your garden free of pests. Many insects breed during the summertime, which means they're on the lookout for great places to lay their eggs. For many bugs, that means near a source of food. In fact, some species of insects will lay their eggs inside budding vegetables and fruit so their larvae have something to eat as soon as they hatch. That's why you have to keep harmful bugs out without damaging the bugs that could help you, such as bumble bees.
You might have noticed that, with the exception of the kitchen, you find more pests in your bathroom than in the rest of your home. This is because insects and rodents see the bathroom as a convenient watering hole. Pests love leaky pipes and standing water because these offer them a hydrating oasis in the otherwise dry biome that is your house or apartment. And if your bathroom develops mold, all the better for pests, who may eat fungus or use it to lay their eggs.
The kitchen is largest gathering place for pests in a residential home. The reason is simple: pests can grab a bite to eat and take a sip of water while they're here. And when they find such a bountiful place, they will return home to their nests and report the finding - before you know it, your whole pantry is a buffet for ants! The problem could get even worse if a piece of food falls somewhere and begins to rot. Similarly, fruit and vegetables you bring into your home may be harboring unseen pests waiting to hatch.